Louvre preparing to re-open July 6 as France eases Covid-19 lockdown
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The Louvre museum in Paris on Friday said it was planning to re-open its doors on July 6 following new steps announced by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to ease the country's Covid-19 lockdown.
In a statement, the Louvre, France's most visited museum, said a progressive re-opening would entail a reservation system and new signage that would enable "maximum security conditions" for visitors in addition to the wearing of masks and recommended social-distancing measures.
[#PresseLouvre]— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) May 29, 2020
Le musée du #Louvre, le jardin des #Tuileries et le #MuséeDelacroix préparent leur réouverture et annoncent leur nouvelle programmation culturelle de l'été et de l'automne.
Retrouvez notre communiqué de presse 👇https://t.co/Y48c2qYBoR
The statement came a day after Prime Minister Philippe announced details of the second phase in the gradual lifting of France’s strict coronavirus lockdown, which included a nationwide reopening of bars and restaurants from June 2. But in Paris, where the risk of coronavirus spread remains higher than in the rest of the mainland, only the outside terraces of eating and drinking establishments can reopen to clients.
French Culture Minister Franck Riester on Friday held a meeting with the presidents of major cultural institutions and following this a provisional re-opening schedule was released.
Les musées et monuments nationaux propriété de l’Etat vont rouvrir à partir du 2 juin.— Franck Riester (@franckriester) May 29, 2020
J’ai réuni ce matin les présidentes et présidents de ces établissements pour échanger sur les mesures qui seront prises pour assurer la protection et la santé des personnels et des visiteurs. pic.twitter.com/DFK2QSVx9p
The Louvre Museum, the Tuileries gardens, the "jardin du Carrousel" and the Eugène Delacroix National Museum, all part of the same public institution, were all preparing for a phased reopening, the statement noted.
The "jardin du Carrousel" will open Saturday, May 30, while the Tuileries garden will open Sunday, May 31. Gatherings would still be restricted to groups of no more than 10 people.
The Louvre, which had 9.6 million visitors last year, closed in March, just days before France went into a strict nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the virus.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
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